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Dogust 2016 – Keeping my priorities Straight (and myself healthy) when things get busy.

The last thing I want to be accused of, is being ungrateful for work, however sometimes life becomes so busy all you can do is look forward to your next day off! That’s me right now. Here’s a taste of my schedule in August: (im calling it Dogust because im working like a dog in the dog days of summer etc)

  • 8 commissioned chalk art canvasses (48″x 60″)
  • 10 cases (+) of Champ Sticks ™ to create and deliver
  • 3 Charity Fundraiser Appearances and Auctions
  • 2 private paid functions
  • 1 Master Class (teaching chalk art techniques)
  • 1 chalk art festival centerpiece
  • 1 International Corporate Paid 3D Chalk Marketing Centerpiece (major Client)
  • 1 Private Corporate Party 3D chalk art delivery (Im out of town)
  • 2 presentations for Chicago Public Schools – Fine Arts Festivals
  • 4 days of just …driving to another location

Of course this doesn’t include the countless hours of emailing clients (one client and I emailed back and forth over 40 times recently before the subject of the artwork was decided), phone calls, art/sketch submissions, Arranging the pickups/deliveries of artwork for clients, discussing calendar dates with booking agent(s)… Oh! and lets not forget that my wife (who is being very supportive/patient with it all) is asking me to find a spot in all that to go get my updated blood work and urine tests done before going back to the nephrologist in September.

Im so looking forward to Vaccatio… Oh shoot! I forgot one thing:

  • book a roundtrip ticket back to Chicago in the middle of my Florida Vacation at the end of the month

(takes a deep breath and looks at calendar)

canstockphoto4534650 vacation

*While Im typing this all out…

Im thinking of how I can give my son and wife the best of me while always giving my all to my clients… Often someone loses. Often it is my health that pays the price. I am committed to being the best I can be – always looking to improve – in business and in my relationships. I have learned that the best way to do that is to keep myself aware of my mental and physical health. I remind myself all the time that I am Blessed to have the opportunity to “play with Chalk” for a living and to support my wife and son while doing it. I have paid a dear price to get here… now its time to enjoy the view.

If you are an artist: do it well and have fun!

If you are a husband, wife or parent: do it well and have fun!

You only get one time around… or so they say.

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Art Lessons Big and Small

Recently several people approached me with a strange request to participate in a comic or graphic Novel and one person simply said “Shaun, do that comic!” I suppose they perceived there was a desire there or lost project in my brain somewhere or something… idk? Anyway, in looking through some old file backup I found this image… In building the new structure of all I’m doing now, and travelling everywhere doing live art, I had completely forgotten about this idea.
The last few years have taken so many twists that when I see the old image below I just shake my head with bewilderment!

Shaun Hays, Chalk Champ, Artist, Author of "How To Be An Art Ninja" releases Series of Books and Instruction Videos.
Shaun Hays, Chalk Champ, Artist, Author of “How To Be An Art Ninja” releases Series of Books and Instruction Videos.

 

*When I saved this old image, I was getting ready for “Phase1 pre-Order” to enable the creation and release of a new art lesson series to supplement my income of speaking and speed chalk art. The Lesson here: I simply wasn’t ready to commit to the full concept. Mostly out of desire to do it right the first time.

3D Chalk was helping but not yet in full swing year round. At that time, I had released a small motivational book about creating fire in your heart and stoking that fire into a life changing movement… I didn’t understand marketing and book publishing, so I self-published a couple hundred and only sold that many. I didn’t have the right connections and frankly my heart felt motivation didn’t meet up with my lack of aggressive discipline. Another worthy lesson learned.
To switch things up from Chalks and Motivational Talks, the “Art Ninja” series was to be part Comic Book and part instructional with photos and other illustrations, accompanied by a DVD or CD ROM for each book. (I always intended on drawing a better ninja but I was only in the brainstorming phase, and this was from a very quick, and loose drawing with a felt tip marker on very “bleed prone” pulp paper. #geterdun )
LOTS of great things happened soon after which took my attention away from ever moving forward on the project. I was going to include all my strengths in illustration, including chalk, pastels etc but it was going to be just a general idea of great shortcuts and building blocks for anyone wanting to be a better artist. The funny thing is, I always felt I had NO IDEA how to teach simple concepts… I felt and still feel like you should have some truly basic skills before coming to me for any instruction, or its just wasting our time because ANYONE can teach you the basics. Well, that’s simply NOT true. About 20 years ago, I taught several basics to my nephews in a booklet I made for them as a Christmas present. I also included some advanced techniques so they could advance quickly if they wanted.
Turns out, one of them did. He was only 4 at the time and is now selling artwork around the globe. He’s trained himself in a style of artwork I find incredible and done almost everything, since that first booklet, on his own! Check him out here: Shaun’s Nephew (truly a Ninja of art)
My other nephew’s and neices are all Super Cool and Ninja’s in their own categories, but that’s for another post!
Perhaps if enough interest is shown, I will get back on this “Art Ninja” project, but I cannot add it in right away. If I do, the graphics and all will be redone and the books will be full color glossy pages and each include video instructional worthy of a network broadcast. I look back and think “I want to be proud of this if it is still in circulation 40 years from now.” I have thought of doing a Crowd Funding Page, but until I have time to assess the expenses involved, I simply cannot justify setting it up.
I am interested in your thoughts – would you like to become an Art Ninja? Do you think Art is important? Would you recommend it or buy it for someone? Please comment on my FaceBook Fan Page – I’m going to post this article there too.
Thank you for reading and commenting! – Shaun
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The Word “Chalk”

I am known for chalk art all over the world and i have my own brand of chalk called ChampSticks(tm) Professional Grade Artists Chalk which many festivals are currently using or promoting for Street and sidewalk Chalk Art Competitions. Naturally, I am always thinking chalk: Chalk art, Chalk Manufacturing, Chalk uses and Chalk Competitions… I am not always thinking of various meanings and other uses for the stuff. Today, after a heavy schedule of travel and events; I was researching other uses and production methods for chalk and came across several links which were refreshingly off topic for me. I enjoyed reading the following definitions and other uses of the word. Perhaps you will too. IF not and this is just boring dribble to you, thank you for just being a human… I send you a hug.

The following was taken directly from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/chalk

chalk

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to chalk: chalk out

by a long chalk

By a wide margin, as of time, distance, ability, etc. Often used in the negative to indicate not at all or by no means.Primarily heard in UK. He won that match by a long chalk. I’m not done yet, not by a long chalk!
See also: chalk, long

not by a long chalk

Not at all; not by great or any means. Primarily heard in UK. I’m not beaten yet, not by a long chalk!
See also: chalk, long, not

chalk off

1. In sports, to disallow a goal due to a technical rule of the game. Primarily heard in UK. Their last-minute goal wouldhave won the match, but it was chalked off due to an offsides ruling by the referee.
2. To record, mark, or make note of something, especially as having been completed. I always find it bittersweet tochalk off another birthday each year.
3. To delineate the border of something with chalk. You always see the police chalk off bodies of murder victims inmovies. I wonder if they do that in real life.
See also: chalk, off

chalk (something or someone) off

To presume, dismiss, or disregard someone or something as being a certain way. I really liked his earlier music, butI’ve chalked him off as a total sellout in recent years. Most people chalked the film off as yet another brainless horrormovie.
See also: chalk, off

chalk (something) up to experience

To regard a bad situation, action, or outcome as a learning experience rather than dwelling on its negative impact. Iknow you’re upset about failing your exam, but just chalk it up to experience and try harder next time!
See also: chalk, experience, up

chalk it up

To link something that has happened to a particular reason or circumstance. Don’t get too down on yourselves afterthis loss, boys. Let’s just chalk it up to inexperience and move on. Sure, getting a B in Algebra is disappointing, butI’m just going to chalk it up to the fact that I’m usually terrible at math!
See also: chalk, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chalk something out

1. Lit. to draw a picture of something in chalk, especially to illustrate a plan of some type. The coach chalked the playout so the players could understand what they were to do. Our team captain chalked out the play.
2. Fig. to explain something carefully to someone, as if one were talking about a chalk drawing. She chalked out thedetails of the plan over the phone.
See also: chalk, out

chalk something up

1. Lit. to write something on a chalkboard. Let me chalk this formula up so you all can see it. I’ll chalk up the formula.
2. Fig. to add a mark or point to one’s score. See also chalk something up (against someone).) Chalk another goal forSarah. Chalk up another basket for the other side.
See also: chalk, up

chalk something up

(against someone) Fig. to blame someone for something; to register something against someone. I will have to chalkanother fault up against Fred. She chalked up a mark against Dave.
See also: chalk, up

chalk something up (to something)

Fig. to recognize something as the cause of something else. We chalked her bad behavior up to her recent illness. Ihad to chalk up the loss to inexperience.
See also: chalk, up

not by a long shot

Fig. not by a great amount; not at all. Did I win the race? Not by a long shot. Not by a long shot did she complete theassignment.
See also: long, not, shot
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chalk up something

also chalk something up

to record something special Many banks chalked up large profits from their loans to internet companies.
Etymology: based on the idea of keeping a record on a chalk board
See also: chalk, up

chalk something up to something else

also chalk something up to something else

to say that something is caused by something else She doesn’t even bother to say thank you, but I just chalk it up tobad manners and try not to let it bother me.
See also: chalk, up

not by a long shot

not at all “Do you think it’s as good as her last movie?”No, not by a long shot.”

Usage notes: sometimes used in the form not do something by a long shot: We haven’t eliminated the diseaseby a long shot.
See also: long, not, shot
Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.

be (like) chalk and cheese

(British & Australian) also be as different as chalk and cheese (British &Australian)

if two people are like chalk and cheese, they are completely different from each other I don’t have anything in commonwith my brother. We’re like chalk and cheese.

See put down to experience

See also: and, chalk, cheese

put something down to experience

(British, American & Australian) also chalk something up toexperience (American & Australian)

to decide that instead of being upset about something bad that you have done or that has happened, you will learnfrom it ‘I’m so ashamed. I let him take advantage of me.’ ‘Don’t be so hard on yourself. Just put it down to experience.’
See also: down, experience, put

not by a long shot

(informal) also not by a long chalk (old-fashioned)

something that you say when you think something is not at all true ‘Do you think it’s as good as her last movie?’ ‘No,not by a long shot.’ It’s not over yet, not by a long chalk, we still have a very good chance of winning.
See also: long, not, shot
Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission.

chalk up

1. Score or earn, as in She chalked up enough points to be seeded first in the tournament. This term alludes torecording accounts (and later, scores) in chalk on a slate. [c. 1700]
2. Credit or ascribe, as They chalked their success up to experience. [First half of 1900s]
See also: chalk, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

chalk up

v.

1. To earn or score something: The baseball team chalked up four runs in the last inning.
2. To credit or ascribe something: Let’s just chalk the mistakes up to experience and try to do better on the nextproject.
See also: chalk, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

chalk and cheese

Two objects that although appearing to be similar are in fact different. Just as certain varieties of crumbly white cheesemight at first glance resemble chalk, so for example, siblings who resemble each other might have completely differentpersonalities. They would be said to be as different as chalk and cheese.
See also: and, chalk, cheese
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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LaborDay Weekend Pictures

This weekend was a hot mess! Haha it was physically hot and I made a huge mess creating artwork for two events. I really shouldn’t push myself like this… I know. I kept hydrated and as cool as was possible considering my health. Here are pictures from both Kewannee Hog Days (Sunday Sept. the 6th – “on top of the world”) and from Owensboro, KY (Saturday, Sept. The 5th – “Rivers in the Wasteland”)  

                   

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Labor Day Weekend

For the third year in a row, (2013,2014,2015) I will be featured in Owensboro, KY for the East Bridge Art and Music Festival. This year, the fest moves to the now completed (and awesome btw) river’s edge park for even more family friendly fun. I will be drawing from 9am to noon on Saturday, September 5th and then headed to Kewanee, IL for HOG DAYS. There, on Sunday, September 6, I will be drawing from 9am to noon as well. If you are near either of these events this weekend, head over and say “hello!” IF you arrive about noon you can get your picture INSIDE the 3D illusion and post it to social media! See you there!!!  **(pictures posted of these events now on the Chicago Chalk Champ Facebook fan page! )**

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Announcing the Judges:

The First Annual Chicago Chalk Champ sponsored Chalk Art Festival at Winston Plaza is August 8, 2015 at Winston Plaza, Melrose Park, IL. The theme is “Celebrate Summer!”

50 Artists will Celebrate Summer with vibrant colors provided by Champ Sticks ™ and the public will be voting on their favorites via Twitter! 

There will be many categories also receiving awards ($3000.00 in gift cards!). Those prizes will be awarded by Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays and judged  by a panel of worthy artists assembled for this event.

Here we will introduce you to the judges:

Meet Amanda Paulson:

Shaun Says: “Amanda is a premier Artist right in Chicago as well as for clients across America. I often refer her without hesitation and she refers me too.  she is pro all the way. Her lettering and muralist ability is simply awesome. She will be a great addition on Aug 8th. I am proud to have her as a judge for this event!” 
Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ is coordinating with Winston Plaza in Melrose Park, Numark Merril, Sparkles Entertainment, and a slew of sponsors to make this event a huge success and to make it free to the public and participating artists! He will also be a judge at the event, passing out trophies to upcoming and established chalk artists!

The final Judge announcement has been delayed from being revealed to the public. Hmmm I wonder what thats about?

Come out this Saturday, August 8, 2015 to watch (or make) the colorful event take place! Artists begin at 9am and registration is still open and free!

Chalk Talk, Family Entertainment, PUBLIC EVENTS, Uncategorized

Art Of Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ

Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ demonstrates the illusion he created with chalk on a flat surface.
Shaun Hays stops for a picture mid way thru a work He says shows the amount of knowledge and study required to be great: “it certainly doesn’t all come from books, but listening and gaining from others experience will always lift you higher”, says Shaun

 

More art by Shaun Hays – Chalk Champ – click here